Ricky Burns retains WBO lightweight title with scintillating shooting, Paulus Moses decisioned

10 Mar

Tommy Barber – London

Accustomed to 12-round contests, distance fighter Ricky Burns marched to a deserved decision victory over former world champion Paulus Moses at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday, March 10. Burns controlled the bout primarily with his jab, but also outfoxed Moses by setting the pace, throwing punches in bunches and refusing to allow Moses to settle. The contest marked Burns’ first defence of his WBO lightweight world title.

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Barber’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
9 9 9 9 9 10 9 9 9 9
9 9
10 10 10
10 10 9 10 10 10 10 10 10

Official verdict: Burns triumphed by way of unanimous decision (119-110, 120-110, 117-111).

What Burns lacks in concussive power he makes up for with an accurate jab, good foot placement and authoritative combinations. Against Moses, in his homecoming fight and in front of 6,000 fiercely-loud Scotsmen and women, Burns raised the decibels levels further with flurries in threes and finished the opening round with a commendable five punch combo.

In the second, he displayed his punch variety by sticking right-handed uppercuts, orthodox jabs, short-range right cross shots and overhand lefts onto his Namibian opponent before moving away from the pocket. Midway through the stanza, Moses attempted to hook around Burns’ defence but he was foiled by the champion’s reflexes as Burns immediately tucked his elbows in to provide a cushion from the incoming gloves.

In the third, Moses upped his own work-rate and connected with straight shots down the pipe, however, Rickster matched Moses’ punch output, sparking more ardent support from the vocal masses at Braehead. Moses got jabbed and hit with the right hand over the top, left handed punches across the kisser and jabs into his nose. Where Moses appeared to want to take the fight, was against the ropes where he’d throw a hooking left, however, he found Burns impossible to pin against the ring periphery and Burns slipped away to safety.

Burns’ punch perfection continued into the fourth round where he gained yet another ten score. Burns scored well to the body with the right hook above the left hook. Moses’ greatest success, though, arrived in the fifth round where he pained Burns with a powerful body shot yet any superiority was short-lived as Burns re-established his dominance with right hands to the ribs and, his combat controller – the jab.

Paulus got closer by the midway stage, sneaking fists through to Burns’ midsection and connecting with uppercuts to the chin. His accuracy finally paid dividends as he outworked and outlanded the reigning 135lb king. If the visiting fighter gained confidence from his display in the sixth stanza, it was beaten out of him at the start of the seventh as cruel and tortuous punches wrenched into Moses’ ribs forced him into tucking up, into a defensive shell and into retreat.

In the fight’s final third, Moses’ frustrations were compounded as Burns controlled the distance, the tempo and his ability to seemingly box at will. It was Burns’ style of fight and the type of combat he has long relished. Burns also did a terrific job when it came to the defensive aspect of the game. Moses was by no means a pushover and attempted to force connections, however, Burns would either block the shots completely or peel away from the danger areas.

Prior to the final round, Burns was warned by his corner that Moses would come out with a hail Mary tactic in mind, however, a nail-biting climax for the home fans never materialised as Moses persisted with a one-paced punch-up, something the worked against him as Burns flurried well at the end to command a healthy win.

“It was a tough, tough fight,” said Burns to Box Nation when the official scores confirmed he had won a wide points verdict. “He’s got 18 knockouts in 28 wins [and] he caught me with a few. I really enjoyed it – the atmosphere was brilliant!”

Trainer Billy Nelson marveled at his ward’s performance: “His jab is phenomenal. He’ll give anyone problems [and] it’s only his second fight at the weight.”

Promoter Francis Warren has a task on his hands in securing Burns’ third fight at lightweight and it appears the elite match-making will continue as, following on from Michael Katsidis and Moses, Burns will now be aligned with exquisite boxer Kevin Mitchell.

“The fight everyone wants to see is Kevin Mitchell and hopefully we can get that done,” confirmed Warren.

Such a match-up, though, will prove to be as one-sided as the domination Burns enjoyed at Moses’ expense, according to Nelson, who chose his concluding words carefully: “There’s nobody in Britain to touch him.”

With victory, Burns raised his record to 34-2-0, 9ko while Moses suffered his second pro loss and dropped to 28-2-0, 19ko.

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One Response to “Ricky Burns retains WBO lightweight title with scintillating shooting, Paulus Moses decisioned”


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